CTSCommunication Technology Services helps property owners integrate wireless communications.  

 By The Editors of Construction Today

In the United States today, it is estimated that more than 85 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 49 own a smart phone. This percentage will continue to grow each year until traditional landlines and cell phones are obsolete. We expect and depend on wireless voice and data to be available everywhere all the time in both our personal and professional lives. It is estimated that 80 percent of all wireless voice calls originate inside a building. As a result, most commercial properties need to make sure that they are providing exceptional wireless communications infrastructure to their tenants and/or customers. This is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, much like electricity or running water.

For nearly 35 years, Oldcastle Precast Inc.’s Southern California division has been a leader serving the Southern California utility market. “We have built long-term relationships with our utility companies, municipalities and contractors through providing innovative and reliable solutions,” Vice President of Sales Phil Felten says. 

This has helped the company earn a high rate of repeat business with clients on the West Coast. 

“We pride ourselves on and continually work towards developing long-term working relationships,” he says. “We do this by recognizing our customer’s needs and expectations. Then we ensure that they are being provided exceptional customer service, quality products and competitive pricing. This approach has allowed us to enjoy customers that, in many cases, have been in place since we started over 35 years ago.”

When Atlanta Structural Concrete Co. takes on a project, it lives up to its promises. “We are a full-service specialty contractor and almost at all costs do what we say we’re going to do upfront,” Vice President and General Manager Pete Needham declares.

Buchanan, Ga.-based Atlanta Structural provides high performance structural and architectural precast, prestressed concrete solutions to clients in the southeastern United States. “We’re geographically ideally located to hit the entire Southeast,” Needham says. “From the Carolinas to Tennessee to Alabama and Florida, we can touch each one of those states in a major way.”

Atlanta Structural started operations in 1958 as LEAP Structure Concrete, a joint venture between LEAP Associates and Bristol Steel and Ironworks. “It changed the name to Atlanta Structural a couple years later when it was owned solely by Bristol,” Needham explains.

Ronald Lane Inc.’s business value system is the same as its family value system. They believe in honesty, respect and doing the job right. RLI began in 1979. Today, President Ronald Lane, manages his pipeline company with the help of more than a dozen family members. This family management team has more than 200 years combined experience in the pipeline industry. They know what is needed to get a job done, and they have the experience to back it up. 

Lane thinks maintaining efficiency will keep the business healthy for the next generation of family members. “Efficiency is the key,” he insists. “In 36 years, we’ve learned how we need to approach these jobs. We pick our times to do the worst part of that job and watch weather conditions. There’s a lot of factors in how you go about a job. We see a lot of our competition making what we think are big mistakes.

Power Design

How one contractor is leveraging technology to overcome labor challenges.

Faster. Leaner. Cheaper. Gone are the days of simply meeting expectations when it comes to construction budgets and timelines. Contractors today are challenged to produce higher quality products, on fast-track schedules, with economically-driven costs, all while facing an industry-wide labor shortage. With more workers leaving the trades than joining, the push for innovative ways to attract and retain skilled labor is at an all-time high. 


Sage X3 Construction is following a roadmap that will keep it on the cutting edge of capital project management solutions.

By Tim O’Connor

Version 2.0 of the Sage X3 Construction (X3FC), developed by {SAW} Software Mill, which is the construction vertical module for the Sage X3 ERP platform, went live at the end of September and made several improvements to how users report and access project information. The methods for managing Job Cards and Work Packages were rebuilt from scratch to make them easier to use, increase their capabilities and more accurately track information. “We’ve enhanced the functionality around the execution of Job Cards and Work Packages to make it easier for a smaller team to facilitate a project,” says Chris Wiener, CEO of {SAW} Software Mill.

Identified Technologies picTrack your job site with the push of a button.

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers

Identified Technologies’ fully managed commercial drone solution offers construction companies greater project visibility, saving time and money. “You can’t make smart decisions without data, and historically site data has been both expensive and scarce,” CEO Dick Zhang explains. “We are helping our clients achieve 70 to 90 percent reductions in their survey spending, even while capturing more data more frequently.”

The Pittsburgh, Pa.-based solutions company was founded in 2013 with a focus on technology, drones and the construction industry. Today, Identified Technologies serves construction and excavation, energy and gas, engineering and surveying, mining and aggregate, and solid waste and landfill industries throughout North America.

“It’s an end-to-end solution serving everyone from heavy civil contractors to mining leaders,” Zhang notes. “For the first time in history, managers are able to cost-effectively make fast, informed decisions with continuous job site visibility and tracking.”

ComtranVITALink1Comtran unleashes a new life safety supercable for harsh and extreme environments. 

By Kat Zeman

Danielle Braley-Purewal makes cable sound sexy. A national sales engineer for Comtran Cable LLC, Braley-Purewal wears her enthusiasm for high-performance data and communications cable with pride.

Gushing about the company’s newest product – VITALink CI - she compares it to a superhero. “VITALink cables are literally the Incredible Hulk of fire alarm cables,” she says. “It makes it possible for contractors to install a circuit integrity cable without the use of conduit.”

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